Discipline and Experience
Mathematical Way in the Scientific Revolution
By (author) Peter Dear
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Discipline and Experience by Peter Dear
Book DescriptionAlthough the scientific revolution has long been regarded as the beginning of modern science, there has been little consensus about its true character. While the application of mathematics to the study of the natural world has always been recognized as an important factor, the role of experiment has been less clearly understood. Peter Dear investigates the nature of the change that occurred during this period, focusing particular attention on evolving notions of experience and how these developed into the experimental work that is at the centre of modern science. He examines 17th-century mathematical sciences - astronomy, optics and mechanics - not as abstract ideas, but as vital enterprises that involved practices related to both experience and experiment. Dear illuminates how mathematicians and natural philosophers of the period - Mersenne, Descartes, Pascal, Barrow, Newton, Boyle and the Jesuits - used experience in their argumentation, and how and why these approaches changed over the course of a century. Drawing on mathematical texts and works of natural philosophy from all over Europe, he describes a process of change that was gradual, halting, sometimes contradictory - far from the sharp break with intellectual tradition implied by the term "revolution."
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780226139449
(229mm x 155mm x 20mm)
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 9-Nov-1995
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Peter Dear
Revolutionizing the Sciences, Paperback (December 2008)
Peter Dear creates a fascinating picture of the origins and development of scientific thought and practice in early modern Europe. The second edition of this successful text has been updated and expanded in the light of recent scholarship, offering greater treatment of key topics such as alchemy and medicine.
Intelligibility of Nature, Paperback (March 2008)» View all books by Peter Dear
Considers how science as such has evolved and positioned itself. This book reveals how the two principles of craft and understanding became formalized into a single enterprise, science, that would be carried out by a new kind of person, the scientist. It is useful for aficionados and historians of science.
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